Bee Roots for 2022-01-31

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table. The Halloween, 2021 redesign improved the usability, I hope.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: L/AEIKTV
  • Words: 65
  • Points: 246
  • Pangrams: 1

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
271AL4Illumination (Let there be …); noun/verb
281AL5Similar, adj.; or find agreeable or enjoyable, verb
321AL5Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
11AL6Acid opposite in chem. (soluble base)
21AL6(Bio term) 1 of 2 or more versions of a gene
31AL9Make suffering less severe
471AT5Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
41AV5Make use of (… yourself of), or use (to no …)
51EL5Make someone ecstatically happy, verb
71EL5Select group that’s superior
61EL7Raise up, verb
81EV4Wicked (ELO’s “… Woman”, Santana's "… Ways")
91KA4Trendy lettuce (but really leaf cabbage)
101KE4Bottom stabilizing ridge of a boat or ship
111KE6Large metal pot for cooking, usually with a handle (thats's a fine … of fish)
131KI4♂ plaid skirt in Scotland
141KV5feel happy and proud (Yiddish)
151LA4Large body of freshwater (Great ones are Erie, Superior, etc.)
161LA4Running behind (I’m … for class), or deceased (The … Charles Grodin)
191LA4Molten rock from a volcano
171LA5Potato pancake, usually served with sour cream
181LA5Coffee with espresso & steamed milk
211LE4Place where water escapes a pipe or hose, or info spilled to a reporter
231LE4Veg similar to onion; homophone of place where water escapes a pipe
221LE5Depart, verb
241LE5River embankment to prevent flooding
251LE5Flat, adj.; or straightening tool with bubble, noun
281LI4Similar, adj.; or find agreeable or enjoyable, verb
291LI4Singsong accent
301LI4Low-calorie or low-fat in ad-speak (Miller … beer)
321LI4Exist, verb; or not on tape (TV show), adj.
311LI6Small (Stuart or Chicken …), adj.
331TA4Dogs wag this hind appendage
341TA4Story (fairy…), NOT what dogs wag; noun
351TA4Speak (…to the hand!)
361TA4Of greater than average height, adj.
381TA4Ankle bone
351TA6Speak (…to the hand!)
371TA6Fringed prayer shawl
391TA6Rat out your sibling to your parents
351TA9Speak (…to the hand!)
401TA10Someone who rats out a sibling (compound)
421TE4Blue-green color, or a duck with a stripe of that color
431TE4Inform, verb; or Swiss archer William with an overture
441TE8Revealing, compound adj.; or indication, compound noun (Poe’s “The … Heart”)
411TE9Device for brewing a hot drink popular in Asia and England; it may whistle when the water boils, compound
451TI4Thin ceramic wall, counter, flooring, or roofing square
461TI4Cash register or drawer, noun; “up to,” preposition; or prep soil for planting, verb
471TI4Move into a sloping position, or fight windmills (… at)
491TI5Name of a book, movie, or job, noun/verb
501TI6Dot above an i or j, or really small amount
481TI9Stimulate or excite, especially in a sexual way
511VA4Low area of land between mountains (… of Tears)
521VA5Parking attendant, or one who helps you dress
531VA5Device that controls passage of fluid or air (shut-off …, heart …)
541VE4Calf meat (… Parmesan)
551VE4Bride’s face covering
561VE6Soft fabric, developing antler cover, or Lou Reed’s “… Underground” rock band
571VI4Small glass container (… of poison), NOT despicable
581VI4Despicable, NOT a small glass container; adj.
591VI5Large & luxurious country house (Roman …)
601VI5Essential, or lively (… signs)

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.